Developing Judgment


Ezekiel 44:24 “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.”

Making judgments is never easy, but you are going to have to make tough decisions in life. I have had to make many judgments throughout my life, and many of those decisions were not easy. The ability to make tough decisions starts as a child. My parents led me to make the right decisions, even decisions that were not always popular. The fact that they allowed me to make decisions and then helped me when I faltered a bit in my decisions is what helped me to learn how to develop the ability to make judgments on tough situations in life. In verses 23-24, God shows us what it takes to learn how to develop judgment in your life.

First, you must be taught to make judgments. Verse 23 says, “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane…” Teaching is critical in learning how to make decisions. Not only is teaching important, but having the right teaching is critical. If you place yourself under the wrong teaching, you will not learn how to make the right decisions.

Second, there must be the ability to discern to make the proper judgments. Discernment is not something you see on a whim, but something that often takes time to see. Never be pressured into making decisions, but don't run from the tough decisions because it is unpopular to make. When someone tries to pressure you into making a decision, distance yourself from that person because discernment is one of the crucial keys to making the right decisions. Discernment is important in making judgments, but time is the key to having discernment. Don't be afraid to delay until you have the ability to discern what is right and wrong.

Third, you must have the ability to call out the good and bad. Verse 23 says, “…and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” You cannot make a good decision if you are not willing to say that some things are good and other things are bad. There can be no gray areas when you are making decisions. Decisions are either right or wrong, and until you can get to the point to where it is right or wrong, you will never be able to make the right decision.

Fourth, you cannot be afraid of controversy when making decisions. Making the right decision is not always going to be popular. Verse 24 says, “And in controversy they shall stand in judgment;…” A decision will cause some to applaud what you do, and it will also cause some to dislike what you do. If you are afraid to be disliked, you will rarely make the right decisions. The right decisions will at first make many upset with you, but they will come around when they see your decision was to the benefit of right.

Fifth, let truth be your basis for judgments. In verse 24, they were to make judgments “according to my judgments.” It should never be about how popular your decision is, but if it is the right thing to do according to truth. If you are more interested in the polls than you are the truth, you will find yourself making many bad judgments.

My friend, it is not easy to make the right decisions, but you must make them if you want good to come in life. The ability to make right decisions can be developed if you use these guidelines to make those decisions.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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